Environment-River Gorge Committee


Kevin Venerus Lake Street Bridge
Photo by: Kevin Venerus (Longfellow365)

Committee Goal/Purpose:

The Environment-River Gorge Committee (ERGC) works to promote the greening of the Greater Longfellow, review and fund environmentally-focused program/project requests as well as protect and promote the River Gorge though activities, programs and events that engage community residents.

This committee was recently formed because of the shared environmental emphasis of the two committees. However, their strategic plans were created when each was it’s own committee: River Gorge Strategic Plan | Environment Strategic Plan

Join Us at an Upcoming Committee Meeting!

The Environment Committee meets monthly; all meetings are open to the public, and residents of Greater Longfellow are invited to participate in voting. For dates, times, and meeting locations, check the LCC Calendar or contact the LCC office at 612-722-4529.

Examples of our Projects & Programs:

2017 Ash Loss Mitigation Project
In an effort to limit the impact of the loss of trees in the neighborhood due to the Emerald Ash Borer epidemic, LCC offered funding assistance to homeowners to treat trees against infection through a small grant program. The 2017 program has closed; to request information on your options as a homeowner, contact our office.

IMG_0784Community Raingarden Program
In 2015, LCC sponsored a community rain garden program to install rain gardens on residential and commercial properties with the help of grant funding from the City of Minneapolis. Rain gardens are shown to decrease surface runoff, lessen pollutant levels in the watershed, and help to recharge underground aquifers. The 2015 program resulted in 30 residential and a handful of commercial rain gardens being constructed across Greater Longfellow with the help of volunteers. Project partners included Metro Blooms, Project for Pride in Living, the Longfellow Business Association, and the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District.

IMG_3230Annual Share the Gorge Event
This popular summer gathering invites Longfellow residents to explore the gorge in a fun, family-friendly style. Step off the bank and into a canoe for a short trip on the river, enjoy ice cream, and learn more about the work of LCC’s River Gorge Committee.

Spring Birding Hike
This event links residents with local birding experts to look for migrating and returning spring birds along the Mississippi River Gorge. Groups often find over 50 species during the annual spring hike in the Mississippi Flyway where experts have observed more than 170 species. The event is typically hosted in May; stay tuned for details!

For further information:

Contact LCC’s Program Manager, Justin Gaarder:

justin@longfellow.org or 612-722-4529 EXT 13